Whole Brain Health Starts with a Happy Microbiome

Whole Brain Health Starts with a Happy Microbiome
24” x 18” Acrylic Canvas
by
Neil Dawson

Neil Dawson

I was born in the south of England and grew up in Toronto; I have an extensive geological background and the connection between science, culture and art is key to my world view. Successful shows over the past 30+ years in Toronto, Calgary, and London have resulted in my work being included in corporate and private collections in Canada and the UK. My work runs the gamut from sketches in a pocket sketchbook, drawing wherever I go through to watercolour on paper to acrylic on canvas or wood. I have made prints over the years and this practice is of increasing interest. The images I produce reflect daily life. The figure is often key, from chefs to musicians and dancers to cowboys, commuters, and office workers. Participating in Your Brain on Art encompasses so much for me - community participation, education and, integrated approaches to health, incorporating play, art and science.

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I am really excited to be teamed with Keith Sharkey on our YBOA project. Keith Sharkey’s research focuses on understanding the physiology and pathophysiology of the neural control of the gastrointestinal tract and brain-gut interactions. I have a background in biology, so I enjoyed talking with Keith on the value of science and art interaction in research initiatives. My own family has greatly benefitted from non-pharma health strategies including outdoor play and exercise as well as dietary initiatives impacting our physical and brain health. The painting illustrates the benefits of outdoor social interaction and contains food elements that are powerful pro and prebiotics such as sourdough bread and artichoke respectively.

Dr. Keith Sharkey

Dr. Keith Sharkey

Professor, University of Calgary
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